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Carter Ejected, Nets Fall in Detroit

Vince Carter was given two consecutive technical fouls (an automatic ejection) by referee Derrick Stafford for arguing a call midway through the second quarter of Wednesday afternoon's game in Detroit. The Nets couldn't pick up the slack and enter 2009 at two games below .500, there for the first time since November 18. The Pistons were without Richard Hamilton and lost Rasheed Wallace in the second quarter to a sore foot, but they never trailed after the first period. Behind Brook Lopez, the Nets hung around and cut the lead to just three with three minutes to go, but they never got a chance to tie. Lopez led all scorers and rebounders with 23 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks, the seventh consecutive game he's had at least two blocks. Devin Harris added 19 points and nine assists and Yi Jianlian had 12, his highest scoring game in the last seven. Overall, the Nets shot just 37 percent as a team. Carter did not speak to the media after the game, but according to Lawrence Frank, he reacted to something that Stafford said that Carter "thought was very inappropriate."